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The War for the Common Soldier: How Men Thought, Fought, and Survived in Civil War Armies

Peter S. Carmichael


How did Civil War soldiers endure the brutal and unpredictable existence of army life? This question is at the heart of Peter S. Carmichael’s sweeping study of men at war. Digging deeply into soldier letters, Carmichael focuses not on what soldiers thought, but rather on how they thought. He resists the idea that there was “a common” experience but looks into their own words to find shared threads in soldiers’ experiences.

Keywords: Civil War, Civil War soldiers, military history, sentimentalism, gender, emotional history, material culture, sensory history, battlefield trauma, military discipline, military tactics

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9781469643090
Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: January 2020 DOI:10.5149/northcarolina/9781469643090.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Peter S. Carmichael, author
Gettysburg College